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Reader’s Question: Regarding Chronic Upper Infections August 17, 2011


Recently, an acquaintance wrote to me in regards to a chronic infection. The situation is one I hear often throughout the school year, especially from childcare workers. I thought I would share it with you:

CG: I desperately need your help. I am sick again which is the 3rd time in about 3 months. It seems like it is the same cold, it is the exact same symptoms every time. It comes on very fast swollen glands, sore throat, then nasal congestion, ear pain and popping, then onto the chest with a bad sounding dry cough. I did take antibiotics the first two times after trying to fight it naturally for a long time but it just continued to get worse so I broke down and took meds. I get better for about 3 weeks and then the symptoms come back again. Obviously the medicine isn’t really working? Is there any natural antibiotics you could suggest? Or anything I can take that will help me get better without antibiotics? I have been taking lots of vitamin c and echinacea.

NR: I cannot diagnose an issue like this but there are two very likely situations here:

1. It may be a viral infection. In which case antibiotics, whether natural or pharmaceutical, have very little power to fight it. To fight a virus I suggest 2 full weeks on Colloidal Silver & Elderberry Syrup. Buried treasure makes a great product with both.

2. Antibiotics, both natural & pharmaceutical, do not discriminate. They kill bad and good bacteria alike. This bacteria is our first line of defense. If we kill them, we have little to no immune system, literally. I STRONGLY SUGGEST YOU TAKE A HIGH QUALITY PROBIOTIC, especially if you’ve taken any form of natural or pharmaceutical antibiotic. There are tons of them on the market. I wrote a blog about: How to Choose a Probiotoc.

It is very important that we not only attack but that we RENEW & RESTORE. Make sure you continue taking a basic probiotic and consider taking a restorative homeopathic complex.

To review:

  • Take Colloidal Silver & Elderberry as directed until bottle is finished.
  • Take a strong pro-biotic at alternating hours to the Colloidal Silver & Elderberry until bottle is finished.
  • Take Liddell’s Immune Booster as directed until bottle is finished. And continue taking a basic probiotic daily.

CG: Naomi! Thanks so much for the tips! I’m feeling better and I never get well this fast on my own…

It worked : )

I hope sharing this conversation helps you avoid dealing with reoccurring infections this year. With school in session, I suggest keeping these products on hand so you can begin taking them at the first sign of an infection. Prevention is key. Live well!

*This blog was published without the permission of buried treasure, liddell laboratories or lifeline foods. All opinions expressed are those solely of Health Hullabaloo.

 

Have a Better Back to School… August 11, 2011


Whether you’re taking Life Lessons 1101, shooing your kids onto the bus or just adjusting your work schedule for increased traffic, Back to School is the perfect time to re-evaluate and re-motivate. Here are a few food pointers to have a better back to school season.

Breakfast

  • Keep it simple. Breakfast is important but don’t try to overdo it. If you stress yourself out making a five course meal, the breakfast habit probably won’t last more than a week. Keep things that are small and nourishing in stock.
  • Whatever you choose, make sure it includes complex carbohydrates, a bit of protein and healthy fats. My personal breakfast on the run is a fruit & nut bar.  Yogurt with granola always works and never forget oatmeal.
  • Eggs, eggs, eggs. If you have a smidgen more time, don’t underestimate the ease and nutrient value of an egg with whole grain toast. Eggs are great for the brain!
  • A special treat for the kids: The day before, dip bananas in their favorite flavored yogurt or flax oil, roll it in nuts and freeze. They’ll think they have the coolest parents ever! And they’ll enjoy making them too!

Lunch

Lunch comes quickly, you’re hungry and you don’t have a lot of time. Do I even have to tell you to pack ahead? You know you won’t pick salad once you’re in the cafeteria line or fast food drive-thru. Be prepared.

  • Make sure you pack water for yourself and your children. Office and school air systems are very dehydrating. Many buses are not air-conditioned and kids play hard. Give them a one up in class and avoid afternoon grumpies by keeping them hydrated. Skip juices with artificial flavors and colors. The additives are proven to cause behavioral problems and cognitive dysfunction. And I don’t care what the USDA school lunch program says. It’s not a fruit.
  • Don’t over eat. You don’t want to be in a carbohydrate coma when you should be using your genius mind.
  • Consider buying nitrate free meats and trading the cheese on your sandwich for greens and hummus. The money you save on cheese will make up for the extra cost of nitrate free meats.
  • Men especially, try a salad with tuna and pumpkin seeds. Tuna and pumpkin seeds are great for prostate health.
  • Bring your cut veggies and diced fruit. Whatever kind you like. Just get working on your minimum fruit & veggie requirement. If you aren’t inspired to eat them by lunch time, you’ll eat them when you hit that 2:00 blood sugar/boredom slump. Trust me. And if your kids skipped them at lunch, they will be hungry enough to eat them mid afternoon or on the bus ride home.
  • Skip the chips and crackers all together; we consume plenty of processed carbs.
  • Let go of the notion that you need to pack cheese and yogurt. Often times these products reach unsafe temperatures and very few Americans are really lacking necessary amounts of dairy in their diets. Dairy creates mucous. If you don’t want to clear your throat excessively during your presentation, skip the dairy.

I always look at the new school year as my New Years. A great opportunity when the world around me is bustling with the energy of new beginnings and forcing me to change my patterns.  Pick a couple or all of these tips and set a resolution.  I wish you a happier & healthier Back to School.

 

The Cherries Are Here! July 8, 2011


The cherries I bought today. Eating them as I blog. Yum!

One of my most favorite fruits for healthfulness and definitely part of my fruit binge this season: CHERRIES!

Cherries pack a very high anti-oxidant value and contain a specific antioxidant known as anthocyanins which are not found in popular antiox fruits like blueberries. Cherries are very high in beta-carotene which is a characteristic more commonly found in veggies. Cherries also contain C, E, potassium, magnesium, iron, folate , fiber, quercetin and more.

So what does that really mean for you?

  • Arthritis & Gout – Cherries lower uric acid levels, nitric oxide and c-reactive proteins thus inhibiting inflammation. Cherries are a terrific way to treat symptoms and prevent osteo and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as, gout.
  • Heart Disease & Stroke – C-reactive  proteins are a better indicator of heart disease and stroke than blood pressure or cholesterol levels. Cherries are proven to lower those c-reactive proteins.
  • Cancer – Anthocyanins, the antioxidant most found in cherries, are proven to inhibit the growth of cancer cells and in some cases even kill cancer cells while protecting healthy cells! That is amazing. Think about that before you destroy healthy cells with conventional treatments.
  • Diabetes –  Cherries may help prevent and reverse type II diabetes. The anthocyanins DO help repair organ and small blood vessel damage caused by all pancreatic diseases including type I diabetes.
Cherries have also been known to help with weight management and brain neuron health. And the research on cherries is irrefutable, backed by the USDA, Michigan State University, Tufts, the Mayo Clinic and many other prestigious health research facilities. So, today is the day to get your Cherry on. July is the season and Whole Foods is running a terrific one day sale on ORGANIC CHERRIES for $2.99/lb. (Thank you to Britt N.E. for informing of this awesome regional sale!)

Visit, ChooseCherries.com, for more detailed information on the benefits of cherries.

 

Alive Expo Review – Atlanta 2011 May 24, 2011


Saturday was hot so I started the day with a $1.00 rapture beer at Jack’s Pizza & Wings. Then I took shelter in the air conditioning at the Alive EXPO.  My friend, Britt N.E. and I had a great day. We had a massage, sipped some wine and got a makeover. Here are some of my favorite highlights:

  • Conceived By Nature was a pleasant surprise. They are a line of natural shampoos and conditioners made by trusty old Mane & Tail. They gave out samples of their Lavender & Rosemary products. I can’t wait to try them. I loved mane and tail when I was a kid.
  •  Squattie Pottie. The idea is that women can go anywhere anytime with a pocket-sized potty. I’m not sure if I really need one but I was definitely amused and interested. (I have  two little boys; the word potty is very funny to me.)  I didn’t buy one but the price was right.
  • Jennifer of Red Hair Girl Designs, introduced me to keynote speaker Kat James. She was a lovely person and has done a terrific job helping my friend achieve her goals.
  • Aubrey Organics  is a classic in the natural health world. I had a great time getting my make-up retouched and picked up a few samples to review on here. Bonus: I scored some Gaia Adrenal Health samples from Tina after the show. Yeah!
  • Ron from Earthshine sales and marketing was showing seasonally appropriate Greenerways Organic Bug Spray. They have a USDA organic label on this product and I can’t wait to try it out. I’m always looking for safer ways to protect my kiddos.

I enjoyed failing the bean bag toss at the Organic Valley booth. I need to brush up on my lawn games this summer. But they gave me yo-yos for my boys and some awesome coupons despite my lack of skill. Of course, a natural products show must have yummy food and beverage samples. I scored samples of Larabars, Cascadian Farm Granola, Natalie’s Orange Juice & Naked Grape Wine to name just a few.

  • Top 3. I loved Relax Wraps! Relax wraps are flax filled hot & cold therapy pillows. These were very relaxing but a little pricey for my taste. I know what flax seeds cost so I couldn’t justify the pricing. But they felt terrific. These wraps are the perfect safe alternative to heating pads and electric blankets for loosening tight muscles. And the weight of the flax applies pressure in all the perfect places. I definitely wanted to visit this booth again after receiving a harsh massage from a masseuse who was upset with her man. Lol.
  • In my top 2, Rooibee Red Tea was a new name in the tea market to me and they had some terrific flavors. I particularly loved the cranberry pomegranate flavor and they are all organic. This flavor got a thumbs up from my friend Britt N. E. too. Organic and tea almost always get a thumbs up from me!
  • My favorite booth goes to Esther’s Beauty Secrets. If this line can keep up with demand, I think they will go far. They were very clean. It didn’t irritate my extremely sensitive skin. And they work for all ethnic skin types. Plus the price was definitely right! I loved the scrubs and body oil. And I really want to give the natural deodorant a try. If I was a buyer, this is a product line I would definitely pick up. I plan to buy some soon.
At the end of the day, I felt great.  I had a wonderful time with my friend and found a few new things along the way. Hooray!
 

A Great Weekend To Be Alive May 19, 2011


I am looking forward to visiting the Marietta Farmer’s Market this weekend with my Brian. I live less than three miles from it and still somehow rarely manage to make it there. *sigh* But this weekend I WILL get up and go.

I will follow up the morning with my annual expedition to the Alive Expo in Atlanta. This time my friend Brit N.E. will be attending with me. Yay! I am looking forward to trying some fun new products and spending an afternoon with a good friend.

I’ve had a tough week. A weekend with the people I love is just what I need. It’s a great weekend to be alive!

 

Beware the C.A.T. May 11, 2011


A double dose is an overdose. Do you suffer any of these?

The list of symptoms goes on and on. If you haven’t guessed, C. stands for caffeine. Caffeine is considered a psychoactive stimulant not a food. Cut back today. Skip the grande and grab a tea. Watch the serving sizes. More than one serving a day can and most likely will have adverse effects. If those aren’t enough to stop you, maybe vanity will. Caffeine dilates your blood vessels causing redness in the face and making blemishes more apparent.

Drink responsibly does not mean don’t get caught.

In the past 3 years I have known 5 people affected or killed by alcohol use and 3 who just felt the need to join AA. A. is for alcohol and I have cut back my drinking to almost sober due to these events which are very common. Chances are you know someone who has had one of these things happen. None of these people were considered full-out alcoholics by their friends and family. And none of these people thought they had a real problem:

    • An underage adult who lost their license. It hurts when you can’t get to your job.
    • A twenty something who had to seek medical attention for blood sugar and blood pressure.
    • A diabetic who passes out regularly due to “moderate”  intake of wine at dinner.
    • A relative who died of liver failure.
    • A YOUNG in-law who died of a brain aneurysm.

Just because you’ve never been caught doesn’t make you a responsible drinker. Its time for us to stop acting like stupid sheep at the party. There is no reason to have more than one serving size (not a giant serving) of alcohol to  “liven up.” If it takes you more than one, you’re already drinking too much. And please stop the “one for the road” nonsense. You don’t need to be loose on the road. Alcohol directly kills more than 23,000 Americans per year. I also don’t care if red wine has resveratrol or not, one 6 oz SERVING twice a week is what doctors consider moderate. No more than that. And if you have blood sugar problems, just don’t.

I shouldn’t even have to say this.

T. is for tobacco. Tobacco directly kills more than 435,000 Americans every year! IT IS THE NUMBER ONE CAUSE OF DEATH IN THE U.S. It yellows and browns your teeth and skin. It causes blood pressure and circulation issues. It’s the dumbest waste of money, I’ve ever seen. You know the facts on tobacco. I am soooo sorely disappointed every time I see someone my age, who I know knows what they are doing, pick up a cigarette. Stop it. Just stop it. You’re killing yourself, poisoning others and polluting the earth. Is the short-term jolt really worth feeling run down the rest of the time and destroying your immune system? Is it worth the ugliness? Is it worth a month’s groceries every year? There is no such thing as moderate smoking. You have to give it up. For resources on quitting, please visit Smokefree.gov.

I know this will be an unpopular post with many of the people I know. And if you’re angry or off put by it, you probably need it most. I’ll take your scathing remarks because if it makes one person think twice, its worth it.

Live well and Be well.


 

Milling Around May 6, 2011


I’ve spent a good deal of time on or near a treadmill. I’ve maintained them, cleaned them and showed many people how to properly use them. I developed great contempt for them and only use them when all of the ellipticals and bikes are taken at the gym. Did you know that one of dictionary.com’s definitions for milling is “to move around aimlessly, slowly or confusedly, as a herd of cattle?” Aimless and slow are not exactly my goal at the gym!

This month I discovered the muscles supporting my right knee are imbalanced due to recent inactivity. I had to develop a new personal workout routine. I tried something that I have seen in a handful of fitness articles but never actually done for fear of drawing too much attention to myself. I used the treadmill sideways. It was love at first workout! In just 3 workouts the pain in my knee is gone. Plus after a few minutes you can really feel that burn in your inner and outer thighs.  It doesn’t exactly count as a full cardio routine but I suggest adding 10-20 minutes of this to your routine:

  • Attach the emergency stop cord!
  • Stand parallel to the machine belt.
  • Start slow and build your way up as you gain better balance.
  • Lead with the leg closest to the front of the treadmill.
  • Stop the machine and switch directions.
  • Repeat leading with the opposite leg (which should now be closest to the front) for an equal amount of time.

Don’t just treadmill, tread sideways!

*If you’ve had a severe injury or knee replacement you should consult a physical therapist before trying this exercise.



 

 
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